Set in Nevada in the 1860's, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
Hoss befriends an old drunk named Charlie Trent, who at one time had been the best scout the Army had. He led John C. Fremont and his Expedition across the Great Salt Flats. When the Army's current scout, Lewt Cutter, refuses to obey Captain Pender's orders, he is fired and replaced by Charlie, whom the Captain knew from his earlier days. Charlie, along with Hoss, must guide the troops and a shipment of gold across the desert. This is Charlie's chance to redeem himself, but Cutter and his men are waiting in the desert to bushwack the troops and steal the gold.
September 23, 2012 Subject:
Another good, action-packed episode.
Hoss is the only member of the Cartwrights to appear in this one. We learn that he's noble enough to give his enemies a fighting chance by calling out to them, as he would never shoot a man in the back!
Great guest appearance from veteran actor Henry Hull. The bad guys are pretty memorable too.
Set in the inhospitable desert, it's enough to make anyone thirsty just watching it.
November 29, 2011 Subject:
Good guest performances
Veteran character actor Henry Hull (Werewolf of London, Lifeboat) gives a grand performance as Charlie the scout. Sweaty, grimey Peter Whitney as the untrustworthy Cutter also makes the most of his scenes. Only Dan Blocker of the regular cast appears in this episode, the rest apparently getting a week's vacation. Good location shooting throughout.
Familiar title theme replaced by what sounds like a Duane Eddy tune.